Temporary Lab setup;1 network port 8 PC's

Linksys Wrt54g wireless router
March 21, 2011 at 15:13:31
Specs: Windows 7
We recently moved 8 pc's from a room where they each had port on the switch to a room where there is only one port for all of them. I setup a DLINK DIR632 Router in there and they connect thru the one port thru the switch to the gateway which gets them out to the internet.

The problems is I need to be able to remote desktop into these 8 PC's and I need them to be able to print to the network printer. I am using a Linksys WRT54G Broadband router as the gateway connecting the switch to the internet. The DLINK's dhcp server is on for the 8 PC's. The Linksys' dhcp server shows the DLINK as IP 192.168.1.19 on the network. I know I have to use advanced routing settings but I'm not sure about how what to make the subnet mask and IP's on both routers. I believe I need to turn off the dhcp server on the DLINK and have the Linksys' dhcp server serve all of the PC's but I'm not sure if thats the best way or if its possible.. I don't want to hack out fix only to find it breaks 3 days later.. I used to do this stuff all day long in the 90's but its been a while and to me its like calculus. I did it once but damn if I remember how to now..


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#1
March 21, 2011 at 18:31:41
Did you set the DLink to function as a switch? If it is set as a router you have a different subnet.

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#2
March 21, 2011 at 18:37:46
The DLINK is a broadband 8 port router at factory default settings. All I did was put in the IP range.

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#3
March 21, 2011 at 19:12:18
Go to setup and turn off the router function.

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#4
March 22, 2011 at 12:57:39
Ok - will try it..

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#5
March 22, 2011 at 13:48:14
I never meet a router you could turn off the routing function in. Some allow you to put the router in bridge mode. Perhaps that is what was being referred to.

PCMatters it was a mistake to get a router when all you needed was a switch.

I am wondering though if you really got a switch since I have yet to see a 8 port router.

Could you post the exact model so we know what we are dealing with?

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#6
March 22, 2011 at 16:44:02
The models are (in the original post) a 8 port DLINK DIR632 and a Linksys WRT54G and yes the DLINK is a 8 port WiFi router. I first bought a Cisco 8 port switch, then saw there was no bridging port. Like I said it's been a while. I still have it here. Someone later told me, but I didn't know, that ports are now auto switching. Is that all I needed to do? Put the 8 port switch in there? But don't I need to program it and the Linksys to route traffic?

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#7
March 22, 2011 at 21:57:38
You don't need to route to a switch.

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#8
March 23, 2011 at 07:21:09
Click on my name above in my response and read my "how-to" guide titled, "‚ó¶Add a second Router to your LAN" You'll want to use the scenario where you connect your 8 port router to the Linksys "LAN port to LAN port".

Once setup and the lab computers are working properly, just setup the network printer on them as you would for any other PC in the LAN.

To allow remote into your PC's you're likely going to have to setup a port forward to one of the PC's in that lab. You might then be able to open RDC on that PC once you're connected and then remote in to the others from it (I wouldn't know for sure, I've never tried that). But you can't setup a different port forward for each PC since there's no way (that I know of, I could be wrong) to setup multiple port forwards on the 8 port router, all for the same port number, but targeting a different IP address.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

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#9
March 23, 2011 at 07:50:23
Curt R: as long as they're all reachable ie; I can type there IP into the Remote Desktops address line, thats all that matters. I haven't read the tutorial but the title sounds like exactly what I'm doing. Let you all know - THANKS!!!

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#10
March 23, 2011 at 07:53:32
CurtR: Thats exactly what I'm doing (the tutorial). Thanks and when I'm back onsite I'll implement the configuration and let you know.

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#11
March 23, 2011 at 13:04:49
Curt R: as long as they're all reachable ie; I can type there IP into the Remote Desktops address line, thats all that matters.

I was thinking you wouldn't be able to because the firewall on the router would block an attempt to remote accross it. However, after looking at the above and thinking about it a little deeper I realized, if you can ping a lab PC across the router, then you should also be able to remote in to it just as easily!

I think I overthought this......LOL

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#12
March 24, 2011 at 14:25:04
exactly - if I can ping the IP I can RDP to it too. Maybe you know the answer to my next question. I posted it in the Servers area. Can I configure MS server2k8 to allow only one remote login? Only my IP and my ID?

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#13
March 25, 2011 at 05:34:52
That I can't answer for you sorry. I've moved away from domain administration and have pretty much been specializing in enterprise level networking for the last 6 years. The last windows server platform I actually worked on was 2003. I suspect you can restrict remote access by user and/or IP address, but I'm not sure anymore where you'd set it up....likely in RRAS. Sorry, my MS skills are slowly rusting away.........lol

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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